DNA and Social Networking: A Guide to Genealogy in the Twenty-First Century Hardcover – Apr 1 2012
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The second half of the book deals with social networking and its usefulness to the family historian, a subject which she also details in clear language and a straightforward attitude. The primary message here is, use it! It's not just for kids, get on Facebook, Twitter, UTube, and anything else where you may find answers to genealogy questions. She also tells us what NOT to do with some of these tools as well, such as giving too much personal information in a public forum.
The only caveat is that the author is clearly British and the book is written with a British reader in mind. Many references are to British archives familiar to a British reader and not so much to an American. That said, I had no difficulty "translating" to my American needs.
I first bought this on my e-reader and now am buying it in the print version because I know I will refer to it again and again in my research.
I have been researching genealogy for 20 years, using software for 17 years, and using social media for 10 years. I have had my work stolen and presented (with portions written in the first-person copied verbatim) as the thief's own work. I highly recommend this text for those who are wanting to incorporate social media. Social media is wonderful! But, please, follow her pointers.
For those with a similar background incorporating technology and social media into your research, you may find the appendices of sites most valuable. I found a link to a DNA chart most valuable. It was information I already had, but presented in a visual that "clicked" with me more than the pie charts, etc. I believe there are many other hidden gems - like the DNA chart - for the experienced users, too.
This would make a great gift for someone who is new to genealogy, using DNA results, or incorporating social media/Web 2.0 with their research. The digital version (for Kindle or Kindle apps) allows the reader to click on the hyperlink and immediately explore the referenced site.
I would have given 5 stars if there was a link to a blog with updated information.
A totally mystifying subject made plain (after I read this, I realized I am not even sure which type of test I took already). She makes the very valid point that the more we all use it, the better it will get. She gives the background information on the different companies so we know who is doing what. I have been doing genealogy for 10 years extensively, but I feel like a naive beginner who this wonderful author has helped to grow up a bit.